Diana Panton & Reg Schwager Jazz
Sunday July 16 at 3:00 pm
Venue: Concert Hall at Victoria Hall
Diana Panton is one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Her work has been consistently praised by listeners and music critics alike for her ethereal vocals, exceptional song selection and raw emotional intensity. Diana performed two shows for 270 people at Victoria Hall on September 18, 2018.
Panton’s keen aesthetic sense attracted the attention of some of the jazz world’s most respected masters, including Don Thompson (Officer of the Order of Canada) and Reg Schwager (Member of the Order of Canada) who together form her regular trio. “When the great singer Sheila Jordan said, Diana Panton ‘sounds like the sweetest bird you’ll ever hear’, she helped define some of the ephemeral delicacy that marks Panton as unique.” (Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life)
Before recording her first album, Panton completed an Honours Master’s degree in French literature and fulfilled a teaching engagement at the University of Paris (France), followed by a position as a French Sessional Lecturer at McMaster University (Canada). She studied art in Paris and currently teaches French Immersion Art at Westdale Secondary (Canada).
When the time finally arrived to release her first solo album (2005), the late great Montreal jazz critic Len Dobbin called …yesterday perhaps one of the finest debut CDs he had heard in years! It landed Diana on the covers of VIEW and NOW Magazine and the album made NOW’s TOP 10 Discs of the Year. The album was also awarded a Silver Disc Award upon its release in Japan in 2011.
Since her initial CD release, Panton’s impressive catalogue of internationally acclaimed self-produced albums have garnered numerous honours, including two JUNO wins, a second Silver Disc Award in Japan, seven JUNO nominations, nine Hamilton Music Awards, a host of National Jazz Award nominations, Canadian and American Independent Music Award nominations, including Best Audiophile Recording at the Rocky Mountain International HiFi Press Awards. Panton was a first-place jury-selection to perform at the Jazz à Juan Révélations in France where she was voted Première Dauphine by the Juan public.
Panton’s latest blue release, nominated for the Juno for Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2023, (selected as one of the Ten Best Canadian Jazz Albums of 2022 by Peter Hum of The Ottawa Citizen), is the final chapter in a trilogy of works that began with pink (2009 / Silver Disc Award Winner in Japan), followed by RED (2015 JUNO Winner).The release dates span over a decade and chart an ultimately ill-fated relationship. Lauded for her exceptional song selection, blue showcases Panton at the height of her interpretive powers. Diana will perform with Reg Schwager on July 16 at 3 pm. Listeners who appreciate musical excellence and feeling in music will be much rewarded.
Nominated Juno 2023
Tickets are $39 + hst & service fees and available at the Concert Hall Box Office: 855-372-2210
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